Dr. Mathew on Family History of Heart Disease

Dr. Mathew on Family History of Heart Disease


If a patient has a risk of heart disease in
their family, or a history of heart disease in their family, I think they should definitely
get evaluated for heart disease. Most of that starts with your primary care. Your primary care doctor will work on reducing
your risk factors for heart disease, keeping an eye open for early signs, symptoms, and
changes in your blood pressure and risk factors for heart disease. So that’s usually where it starts. If a patient has a history of heart disease
and is concerned or is having symptoms they should definitely come to see a cardiologist. At that point they should get evaluated for
aggressive risk factor modification. I think again, genetics we can’t control,
but there’s a lot of risk factors we have in our lives that we can control, such as
your diet, your amount of exercise, your high blood pressure, your cholesterol, your diabetes. So those are all things that we can control,
and those are things that you should get addressed initially with your primary care doctor, and
if not, with your cardiologist.